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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, gestures during a news conference Buenos Aires [Agustin Marcarian-Reuters]

Venezuelan opposition plans fresh protest against Nicolas Maduro as Juan Guaido returns

Opposition supporters in Venezuela were set to take to the streets Monday after leader Juan Guaido called for mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro — as the self-declared interim president prepared to return after a week touring Latin American allies.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have spent more than eight months in prison [Myo Kyaw Soe-Reuters]

UN demands unconditional release of convicted Reuters journalists

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has said that journalists’ conviction in Myanmar was a message that press “cannot operate fearlessly”.

Nicaragua orders expulsion of UN team after critical report

The government of Nicaragua's embattled President Daniel Ortega has ordered the expulsion of a United Nations human rights team, rights groups have said.

UN urges Facebook to ‘proactively’ fight hate speech

The UN human rights chief urged Facebook Wednesday to more proactively address hate speech but warned against excessive regulation, after US President Donald Trump accused tech giants’ platforms of bias against him.

UN accuses Myanmar generals of ‘genocidal intent’ against Rohingya

UN investigators on Monday accused Myanmar’s military of mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent”.
South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu pays tribute to ‘outstanding’ late UN chief Kofi Annan

Former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan will receive a state funeral and burial in Ghana on September 13, the Ghanaian president said on Friday, calling it "a major event for our country".
Kofi Annan, who has died aged 80. Joel Saget-AFP-Getty Images

UN flag at half-mast for Kofi Annan

The flag at UN headquarters in New York is flying at half-mast on Saturday as the intergovernmental organisation marks the death of its former Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

SERAP drags Senator Saraki, Senate to UN over repressive Press Council bill

The Senate has passed the bill for second reading despite subsisting court case and strong opposition to it.
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UN: Rule of law ‘virtually absent’ in Venezuela

Security forces in Venezuela have carried out hundreds of unjustified killings without any apparent consequences, the United Nations has said in a new report, drawing a rejection from government officials in Caracas.

UN says ‘seems anyone is liable to be shot dead’ in Gaza

The UN rights office said Tuesday it seemed that any Palestinian protesting in Gaza, regardless of whether they pose an imminent threat, is "liable" to be killed by Israeli forces.

Hungary’s Orban seeks third term in keenly-watched poll

Hungarians are voting Sunday in an election that is being keenly observed across Europe, and which will determine whether firebrand nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wins an expected third consecutive term.

UN: Year of anti-Kabila protests in DRC leaves 47 dead

A government crackdown on demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila in Democratic Republic of Congo has led to the killing of 47 people in just over a year, a UN report seen by AFP said on Monday.

Mexico accused of torture, cover-up in case of 43 missing students

The UN Human Rights office on Thursday said dozens of people were tortured by Mexican authorities and forces in connection with the government’s investigation into the 2014 disappearance of 43 students.

Egypt condemns UN rights chief’s criticism ahead of vote

Egypt's foreign ministry has strongly condemned the UN human rights chief's critical statements on what he described as the "pervasive climate of intimidation" in Egypt ahead of the presidential election later this month.

Eastern Ghouta aid convoy postponed amid heavy shelling

The delivery of aid to Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta has been "postponed", the Red Cross has said, as Syrian government forces stepped up their offensive against rebels in the enclave.

UN: War crimes likely committed in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

The UN's human rights chief has warned that strikes on Syria's Eastern Ghouta probably amount to "war crimes" and that those behind the targeting of civilians will be held to account.

UN wants prosecutions for South Sudan war crimes

A UN rights commission in South Sudan said on Friday there was sufficient evidence to charge at least 41 senior officers and officials with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

World leaders abandoning human rights – Amnesty International

World leaders are undermining human rights for millions of people with regressive policies and hate-filled rhetoric, but their actions have ignited global protest movements in response, a rights group said.

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Copies of the book Permanent Record by Edward Snowden, are seen on the shelf at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cj Gunther-EPA

US government sues Edward Snowden over new book

The US Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden seeking to prevent the former CIA employee and National Security Agency contractor from profiting from his new book.
Inter Milan’s Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella (L) kicks the ball despite Slavia Prague’s Czech defender Ondrej Kudela during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match Inter Milan vs Slavia Prague on September 17, 2019 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. Marco Bertorello / AFP

Inter scrape late draw with Slavia Prague in Champions League opener

Substitute Nicolo Barella scored in added time to rescue a 1-1 draw for a disappointing Inter Milan in their Champions League opener against rank outsiders Slavia Prague on Tuesday.
Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says the agency will monitor campaign funds donated to political parties for the 2019 elections as well as donors’ identities.

EFCC chief tells ex-AGF Adoke to present self for trial after ‘book lies’

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has asked former Justice Minister, Mohammed Adoke, to present himself for criminal trial over alleged economic crimes after accusing him of being used by the government to hound him.

Woman ‘pours hot water’ on 10-month-old baby

A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Zaria, Kaduna State, has remanded a housewife, Mrs. Nnennaya Edmond, in prison for allegedly pouring hot water on a nursing mother and her 10-month-old baby.
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China chooses panda as Winter Olympics mascot

China has chosen its most iconic animal — the panda — to be the official mascot of the Beijing Olympics in 2022, the Winter Games organising committee announced on Tuesday.